Cigarette smoke is one of the most potent and hard to remove odours in vehicles. Smoke is difficult to remove from cars because it penetrates upholstery, carpet, hard surfaces and it infiltrates the air system. The good news is, whether you would like your car to smell like new, you’re selling your used car, or need to get smoke smell out of a car fast when returning a rental car, the potent smell of smoke can be removed in 3 simple steps.
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If you are a regular smoker, it would be recommended to invest in an ashtray cup with a cover and a smoke diffuser. This will reduce the exposure of smoke odours to your car interior surfaces.
As a final step for cigarette smoke removal, we would recommend using a multi-purpose interior cleaning spray, such as Turtle Wax Power Out! Fresh Clean All-surface Cleaner, in order to quickly remove any lingering smoke smells that have penetrated both hard and soft car interior surfaces.
For best results, it would also be recommended to use a specialized air freshener for smokers, such as Turtle Wax Odor-X Fresh Blast.
If you’re not a smoker and can smell cigarette smell in your car, or have purchased a used car from an ex-smoker, the vents are usually the culprit.
On rare occasions that this doesn’t solve the problem, especially if it’s an older car or the driver is a heavy smoker, we recommend replacing the air filter within your AC system.
Cigarette smell tends to linger and is quite difficult to remove from most interior surfaces, however, it becomes even more difficult when trying to tackle smoke odour that has permeated leather car interior surfaces.
Due to this, we would recommend using a specialized leather cleaner, such as Turtle Wax Power Out! Leather, which also has a detachable brush that allows deeper penetration of the surface.
While cigarette smoke odours are difficult to remove from most surfaces in both household and automotive areas, due to the concentration of the smell in cars it becomes a bigger challenge.
That is why we recommend using specialized smoke odour remover products rather than more general odour removers or household items, which have been extensively tested in laboratory environment and have shown superior odour reduction that lasts up to 30 days, hence provide much better and longer-lasting results.
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